Additional fish stocked due to concern rainy spring may have sent the trout downstream
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stocked the Vermillion River with 1,000 more rainbow trout Friday, June 21.
The DNR had already stocked the river with 1,000 fish earlier this spring. However, all the rain this past month raised concerns that the fish may have floated downstream, said DNR spokesman Harlan Hiemstra.
“I think it’s a good place to stock them and provide good opportunities for families and kids to fish,” Hiemstra said.
The Vermillion River is known as a great trout fishing spot near the Twin Cities because it has clean, cold water that trout need to flourish.
In other areas the DNR stocks, recreational anglers have to catch and release. In Farmington, people can keep the fish. Anglers 16 and older do need a fishing license, which are available online at dnr.state.mn.us/licenses.
The public access points in Farmington are at the Rambling River Park and the Kuchera Entrance. Additional Dakota County public access points are also available on the DNR website.